->''"Lots of middle-class people are running around pretending to be cockney."''
-->--'''Creator/ChristopherEccleston''' on chavs.

On one end of the social spectrum, we have the UpperClassTwit proving that money doesn't make good people. But that doesn't mean a lack of money does the same. This trope deals with the various varieties of lout, hooligan, and delinquent that appear in various media. While these stereotypes are TruthInTelevision to some degree, it's debatable whether the stereotype comes from RealLife, or said real life examples are [[MisaimedFandom imitating the stereotype]]. A typical LowerClassLout is a usually (but not always) white teenager or young adult (with the occasional EnfantTerrible) who embodies [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons the worst stereotypes of the working class]] (or middle class), which can (but does not have to) include;

* Prone to [[StickyFingers stealing]], [[TheAlcoholic drunkenness]], fighting, mugging, dealing in and/or doing drugs, and [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp generally loutish and anti-social behaviour]], often all at once.
* Abusing and exploiting the benefits system, frequently while making unflattering (and often racist) remarks about [[{{Hypocrite}} others doing the same thing]].
* Typically carry around knives, guns, or other weapons as per their countries' weapons control laws (in the sense of how readily available this makes said weapons; don't expect them to obey the law at all).
* Female examples are typically TheLadette and prone to [[TeenPregnancy underage, out-of-wedlock pregnancy]].
* Male examples may have kids, but [[GlorifiedSpermDonor play little to no role in said kids' lives]].
* Being generally [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain bigoted and intolerant]], with a good deal of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and nativism. Frequently blames immigrants (especially [[TheIllegal the illegal kind]]), feminists, homosexuals, and people of other ethnicities for all of their woes and their country's woes. May have [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic extreme right-wing sympathies]] if white, or have MalcolmXerox sympathies and abuse NWordPrivileges if non-white.
* Speaking in an [[ClusterFBomb exceptionally crude and vulgar]] manner in a rough accent peppered with [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy "urban" colloquialisms]] that actual minorities would find pathetic and obnoxious at best and downright offensive at the worst. If they're trying to appear less stupid than they actually are, their speech will likely be [[DelusionsOfEloquence riddled with grammatical errors and malapropisms.]]
* Basing their opinions on things that they have little knowledge of (which, as previously mentioned, is almost everything worth knowing) on stereotypes and anecdotes of questionable relevance, as well as responding to even the most polite challenges of those opinions with disproportionate hostility and aggression.
* [[ReallyGetsAround Having sex with little regard for the consequences]] and habitually creating illegitimate children.
* A distinct lack of hygiene, both [[ThePigPen personally]] and [[TrashOfTheTitans in their homes]]. Suburban and rural examples are particularly bad with the latter, with lawns covered in garbage, scrap wood, junked appliances, the rusting shells of inoperable vehicles, and various perpetually unfinished projects being a very common sight.
* Driving around in a modified car ([[RiceBurner often mostly cosmetic upgrades]]) with an obnoxiously loud stereo or exhaust system and poor regard for the rules of the road. Rural examples tend to drive [[TheAllegedCar horribly dilapidated]] trucks with offroad modifications that greatly eclipse the car's book value and are frequently illegal.
* Wearing (fake) designer clothing (often of a specific brand) with tacky (and fake) jewelry. Legitimate brands are usually even more tasteless or otherwise unflattering.
* Extreme AntiIntellectualism, often going hand-in-hand with an inadequate formal education. On the rare occasions where they actually ''are'' in college or have degrees, they are invariably extremely arrogant and consider themselves to be far more intelligent and knowledgeable than they actually are.
* Committing domestic violence and frequently being part of a DestructoNookie [[DestructiveRomance relationship]].
* Being part of a DysfunctionalFamily.
* Abuse of the legal system; filing [[FrivolousLawsuit ridiculous lawsuits]] (usually with the help of a law office whose figurehead advertises on daytime television) in the hope of gaining easy money from a settlement is the most obvious example, but abuse of landlord-tenant laws (the "professional tenant") is another very common practice, especially in states with housing laws that heavily favor tenants.[[note]]Massachusetts was particularly notorious for the latter for a long time due to an absence of any sort of requirement that tenants place withheld rent money (which is allowed when landlords fail to make necessary repairs or otherwise fail to provide adequate living conditions) into an escrow account; predictably, this was abused by many a person who wished to live rent-free, as anyone who wished to do so could just stop paying rent, call the housing board when the landlord tried to throw them out and claim that they were withholding rent due to failure to maintain the property to acceptable standards, and then proceed to stonewall them for months (if not years) before finally leaving them with a bunch of attorney's fees, an uncollectible judgment, and utterly ruined property.[[/note]]
* A tendency to blow any and all windfall money received on garish, tasteless garbage, as well as having an aggressive [[TheSocialDarwinist "fuck you, got mine, so bootstrap your ass up"]] attitude towards the less fortunate once they come into said money, regardless of whether they worked for it or not. This also tends to overlap with a conniving nature and exceptional lack of scruples when it comes to acquiring said money, especially when it comes to family matters; when a wealthy relative dies, expect them to come out of the woodwork to contest the will in the hopes of getting a bigger portion, and if they're particularly shameless, there's always funneling the money directly from an elderly relative or fraudulently gaining power of attorney to wrest control of their assets away from them.
* Having loud fights and louder sex that [[RightThroughTheWall all the neighbors can hear]].
* [[SerialRomeo Going through a series of relationships]] [[SerialSpouse (and sometimes even marriages)]] very quickly, sometimes [[YourCheatingHeart not even bothering to end one relationship before starting another]].
* [[NoAccountingForTaste Not being too picky about their choice of mate]].
* Female examples may be {{Gold Digger}}s.
* [[TooManyBabies Having more children than their income can support]]. When combined with the aforementioned exploitation of the welfare system, the common stereotype is that they have kids just to get more benefits and tax breaks.
* Giving their children {{Ghetto Name}}s.
* Bad parenting, an almost exclusive reliance on corporal punishment for discipline, and a tendency to be overzealous with said discipline to the point of [[AbusiveParents abuse]]. The children are usually foul-mouthed, ill-tempered, violent, and destructive in return.
* Embracing violence as the way to handle all challenges and disputes and viewing more diplomatic approaches as being cowardly. The phrase [[AppealToForce "talk shit, get hit"]] effectively summarizes this attitude, and it also coincides with a major unwillingness to even attempt to de-escalate potential disputes in favor of adopting an aggressively confrontational, "take no shit" attitude that very frequently turns what may have been a minor dispute into a knock-down drag-out fistfight.
* [[FatBastard Extreme obesity]] and [[BigEater horrendous eating habits]], even when their incomes allow them to comfortably afford healthy food.
* Going through the RelationshipRevolvingDoor for months or years at a time.
* Perpetually up to their eyebrows in some kind of petty drama...which is ''usually'' at least partly (if not entirely) their fault. If someone else did indeed cause the drama, odds are that they did absolutely nothing to keep it from escalating and/or took a needlessly confrontational, [[Series/ChappellesShow "I keeps it real"]] stance.
* [[NeverMyFault A complete and total refusal]] to take responsibility for ''any'' of their negative actions or bad decisions, instead opting to blame them on someone else or (in the absence of [[TheScapegoat a convenient scapegoat]]) [[ConspiracyTheorist life circumstances conspiring to keep them down]].
* Partaking of entertainment forms considered to be lowbrow, such as ChickLit, RealityTV, {{Sitcom}}s, and the like.
* Having a ShotgunWedding, especially one where the bride is ''visibly'' [[ObviousPregnancy pregnant]] and/or takes place in [[VivaLasVegas Vegas]].
* Continually going on about how they're going to "get their shit together" while never even attempting to engage in any sort of meaningful effort to better their lives even when circumstances would readily allow for such a thing.

Because of the UnfortunateImplications the stereotypes imply, subversions are almost as common as straight examples, with a snobby or elitist character being established as such by having them accuse a sympathetic character as being one of these.

Various parts of the world have their own individual versions. Indeed, it's an interesting fact of crimino-sociology that nearly every society in the world with urban and youth culture has a certain stratum of "difficult" young people, especially men, which draw attention in popular culture.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedKingdom The UK]] has had a number of such stereotypes over the years.
** First, there were the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_Boy "Teddy boys"]], or Teds, of TheFifties. They wore dressed in a manner inspired in equal parts by [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian fashion]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoot_suits zoot suits]], and listened to American RockAndRoll and, before that, {{jazz}} and skiffle music. Female examples were known as Teddy girls and Judies. They're often cited as Britain's first youth UsefulNotes/{{subculture|s}}, and they were met with media hysteria like any other; in particular, they were associated with race riots against West Indian communities, and the film ''Blackboard Jungle'' was also known for sparking riots by Teddy boys wherever it was screened.
** After that, there were the mods and rockers of TheSixties. Mods were defined by an obsession with stylish clothes (tailored suits for the guys, miniskirts and androgynous clothes for the girls), their music of choice was modern jazz, RAndB, and {{soul}}, their drug of choice was amphetamines, and their vehicles of choice were Vespa and Lambretta motor scooters. Rockers, meanwhile, had many similarities to American {{greaser|Delinquents}} culture (see below), replacing the hot rods with motorcycles but otherwise maintaining the choice of fashion and music, to the point where the terms "greaser" and "rocker" are seen as interchangeable in Britain. The rivalry between mods and rockers was heavily hyped by the media at the time, to the point where it was the origin of the term [[YouCanPanicNow "moral panic"]], with the media jumping onto fights between the two groups to claim that there was a war going on between them. While both groups had working-class roots, there was also a SlobsVersusSnobs element to their rivalry -- rockers saw mods as effeminate and trying to imitate the middle class, while mods saw rockers as crude thugs. (Incidentally, the {{skinheads}}, of all people, have their roots in the '60s mod scene.)
** FootballHooligans can be found in many countries, but in '80s Britain hooliganism reached moral panic levels and took a heavy toll on the game itself. The name says it all -- the defining characteristic of many hooligans was identification with one's favorite football team to the point of tribalism and violence against fans of other teams, with many forming supporters' clubs that were often closer to gangs in their structure and behavior. Hooliganism died down from its '80s peak with the reforms to English football in TheNineties and government crackdowns on the "English disease", though it does still rear its head on occasion.
** Finally, we come to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav chavs]], the modern LowerClassLout ''du jour''. Their preferred fake brand is Burberry, and their slang includes such words as "innit"[[note]]"...is it not?"[[/note]], "Safe!"[[note]]"Wonderful!"[[/note]], "Sorted!"[[note]]"Done!" or "Ah, we no longer need to concern ourselves with this matter."[[/note]], "mint"[[note]]"awesome"[[/note]], "battyman"[[note]]Jamaican slang for a gay man, used exclusively in a derogatory context[[/note]], and "Brap! Brap!"[[note]]An onomatopaia for the noise made by a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TEC-9 TEC-9]], typically combined with a [[GunsAkimbo pair]] of {{Finger Gun}}s being fired into the air GangstaStyle[[/note]]. Other names (that might be used depending where you are in the UK and may have slightly different criteria) include charva and scally. "Pikey" might also be used to describe them, but was originally a slur directed at [[UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers Travellers]] (and may be recognised as such).
* Australia and New Zealand have a similar stereotype known as a "bogan", who tend to be more middle class and less inclined towards theft. They are also more likely to [[AppropriatedAppellation self-identify as a bogan]]. Other regional variants on the term include "chigga" in Tasmania, [[note]]named after the suburb of Chigwell[[/note]], "bevan" in Queensland, "booner" in the Australian Capital Territory, "scozza" or "lexie" in Victoria, and "divo" in New Zealand.
** In recent years (largely thanks to the mining boom), the "cashed-up bogan" variant has appeared, combining the stereotypical bogan lifestyle with plenty of money to throw around.
** The term 'westie' in UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} is similar in that it generally means lower class (as the West of Sydney is away from the seaside and isn't as rich as the Eastern suburbs), but a westie will not necessarily follow or refer to the bogan stereotype. This is also found in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Auckland. Inverted with Perth, where it is the east which is more lower class.
** A related term is "hoon" (hooligan + goon)[[note]]Goon: cheap boxed wine[[/note]], which refers to irresponsible drivers who speed, drink drive, and do burnouts. Most hoons would probably also qualify as bogans.
* Ireland calls them "skangers", but "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish chav]]" is becoming more popular.
** Similarly to "pikey", "knacker", which is usually directed at [[UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers Travellers]], is now mainly used to describe any example of this trope.
* Scotland has "Neds" (which are similar to chavs, although some argue distinct).
* Russia has its equivalent in "gopnik"[[note]]a term originating from "gop-stop", slang for street mugging. Etymologic principle is the same as for beatniks[[/note]]. Gopniks wear [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Abibas, Nyke, and Puwa]], drink [[ATankardOfMooseUrine cheap beer]], eat [[TrademarkFavoriteFood sunflower seeds]], are obsessed with mobile phones (more often than not acquired by mugging), and are laughably stupid and violent. Some occasionally become full-fledged ''[[TheMafiya bros]]'', most of them either grow up or [[MuggingTheMonster piss off the wrong people]] and wind up in a gutter somewhere. Particularly stupid ones frequently try to pretend that they are either actual ''bros'' or have big-time connections, and they're usually the ones who wind up dead when they run afoul of the real deal.
* Japanese Yankees/Yankis would fit. The pop culture portrayal being "violent low-class delinquents given to speaking roughly, wearing tacky fake "brand-name" clothes and jewelry, and driving heavily modified (and also tacky) motorbikes/scooters". See JapaneseDelinquents.
* Singapore and Malaysia have counterparts: the [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ah%20beng "Ah Beng"]], "Ah Lian", and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Rempit "Mat Rempit"]].
* America has several types, although they tend to be regionally based. The exact slang used is different, the exact labels might be different, but there's generally a lot of overlap.
** The "guido" stereotype (or "guidette" for the girls) in the mid-Atlantic states, which combines most of the above with Italian-American culture and [[PatrioticFervor extreme ethnic pride]]. Music of choice is electronic dance-pop, and the vehicles are likely to be '80s American sports cars (the Camaro IROC is the stereotypical "guido-mobile") or German sport sedans. Personal appearance is a high priority for both the men and the women; the guys are frequently working out, slicking their hair back, and wearing muscle shirts to [[SleevesAreForWimps show off their "guns"]], the girls dress in club wear, hoop earrings, and high heels and wear massive amounts of makeup, and both sexes are regular customers at tanning salons. [[Series/JerseyShore One particularly famous guido]] coined the phrase "gym, tan, laundry" (or simply GTL) to describe this lifestyle. Steroid usage, misogyny, violent homophobia, excessive alcohol consumption and usage of club drugs, and [[BloodKnight an overwhelming fondness for starting fights]] are also common behavioral stereotypes, but they aren't quite as thoroughly ingrained in the cultural consciousness.
** The less-flattering stereotypes one finds in Boston about {{Southies}} can run into this. Like the guido, this stereotype is also ethnically rooted, in this case with [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish-American culture]]; sympathy for [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles the IRA]] is the most stereotypical (and infamous) source of PatrioticFervor.[[note]]This was a particularly big problem during The Troubles, as it wasn't uncommon for fundraiser events in particularly Irish parts of Greater Boston to actually be funding terrorism, supplying the Provos with arms and money.[[/note]]
** The term "townie" is occasionally used as a more general epithet in New England. While it's technically used to refer to lifelong residents of a particular town or city, it's frequently used as a derogatory epithet to refer to crude, vulgar, loutish, and generally trashy individuals from working-class backgrounds. There's also some overlap with rednecks, but townies are generally distinct enough to be treated as a separate entity. Speaking of...
** Rednecks. Let's not forget the rednecks. This stereotype tends to focus more on racism, excessive drinking and drug usage (particularly methamphetamine and, more recently, prescription painkillers), filthy and unkempt appearances and property, and [[IncestIsRelative poor taste in women]], and less on the tacky clothing (unfashionable, yes, but not tacky). There are other traits that [[NotSoDifferent overlap]] with the "gangsta" stereotype, namely a penchant for violence, open anti-intellectualism that is viewed with pride, lots of illegitimate children, a tendency to milk the welfare system as much as they can, and disproportionate pride in meager accomplishments that are usually just things that they should be doing in the first place.
** The black urban equivalent is the gangsta. (That's the polite version; another common term is [[NWordPrivileges one that we can't say on this site]].) Creator/ChrisRock did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmP3OdZtreg a famous sketch]] about this, which remains one of the canonical descriptions of the stereotype -- violent, proudly ignorant, prone to crime and having kids out of wedlock, abusing the welfare system, and overly proud of what few accomplishments they have. The embracing of "sovereign citizen" beliefs and tactics has also become increasingly common among them in the past ten or so years.[[note]]Amusingly enough, the Posse Comitatus (the original movement that gave rise to the concept of the sovereign citizen) was rooted in white supremacist ideology. The irony of this has not been lost on many of the prosecutors and judges who have had to deal with African-American sovereign citizens.[[/note]]
** [[{{Juggalo}} Juggalos]] are frequent targets of this stereotype, with most of the more unflattering stereotypes of rednecks (excessive alcohol consumption and drug usage, DestructoNookie relationships, using violence to solve disputes, poor parenting, and frequent milking of the benefit system) showing up, along with widespread PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy tendencies (as the fanbase is mostly white), tacky clothing (band shirts and hoodies for Creator/PsychopathicRecords artists and their associates, plus Hatchetman pendants), and tacky music (again, largely Psychopathic Records artists along with acts commonly associated with the label, particularly Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, Potluck, and Hed PE). [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Faygo]], a Detroit-area soft drink, is also common among them, with bottles of it frequently within reach.
** There are also "refs", who are generally specific to South Florida, though any area with a heavy Cuban diaspora will do. They are stereotyped as being vapid, overly materialistic, extremely vain, and singlemindedly obsessed with partying and the club life, with tacky attire (lots of tracksuits, wifebeaters, and gold chains) and music (almost always exclusively a mix of Latin pop, reggaeton, and pop-rap) both showing up.
** Finally, there are the "bros". While this term is also used to refer to spoiled East Coast frat boys and other college-age upper-middle-class males, the lower-class example takes the form of redneck-ish douchebags from rural and suburban areas who obsess over pickup trucks and [=SUVs=] with myriad modifications that are ostensibly for offroad purposes, but [[HummerDinger seldom actually see any offroad use]]. Their preferred music is a mixture of pop-country (or "bro country"), aggressive hard rock (usually NuMetal or PostGrunge), pop-oriented hip-hop, and in some areas (particularly central California) {{deathcore}}, while their choice of TV viewing is largely dominated by [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts UFC]], [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], and all things "extreme". Tacky clothing tends to focus on MMA or extreme sports-themed brands, like Tapout, Affliction, Fox Racing, and Monster Energy, while "tribal" tattoos are also common; additionally, they tend to be particularly fond of "war arcade" first-person shooters, particularly the Call of Duty series. Their dialect is frequently an indecipherably-slurred mix of [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy "urban"]] affectation, [[SirSwearsALot profanity]], and homophobic slurs.
** GreaserDelinquents are an older version of this trope most associated with TheFifties. They tended to be Italian, Irish, or Latino and heavily involved in car culture; a Corvette, a Thunderbird, or an old '30s coupe tuned into a "hot rod" was what many greasers aspired to own. Leather jackets, slicked-up pompadours, and blue jeans or black khaki trousers were the defining look, and the music was RockAndRoll or rockabilly. While they've been looked upon with [[NostalgiaFilter misty-eyed nostalgia]] for quite some time now, back then they were considered as loutish as any of the other groups on this list, and were the go-to "bad boys" for media of the era.
* Israel has "arsim" (male) and "frehot" (female). Aside from standard LowerClassLout stuff, they are known for being extremely racist (IsraeliArabConflict aside, quite a problem in a country where 1/3 of the ''domestic'' population are immigrants of some sort), drinking too much (in a country that doesn't drink much), always trying to rip others off for money, [[HypocriticalHumor being of Mizrahi Jewish or Arab descent]], speaking a "low Hebrew" dialect completely unintelligible to more educated parts of society, not being able to speak any English as a consequence of not completing school, calling everyone "bro" or "sister" or "man", ending every clause of every sentence in "like" until ending the sentence with "man", and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking listening to hip-hop music.]] They are also the national self-stereotype of Israel.
* In Iran, there is the "javat". A typical javat speaks with a peculiar accent, acts tough, and has a silly haircut and baggy clothes.
* Mexico has two varieties: the "naco" and the "buchón"[[note]]also called "Manguera" (hose) in Baja California.[[/note]]. The first one might be of either gender[[note]]"Naca" would be the term for a female one[[/note]], is loud, uneducated, unrefined in fashion senses, speak using only DoubleEntendre and weird puns, watch only soccer matches (or [[SoapOpera telenovelas]] if female), and they might or might not be a delinquent, or just poor and pretending that they have money. The other one is almost the same, except that they are AlwaysMale, are smug, cocky, wear tackier clothing and jewelry than the first one, listens to Narcocorridos, and acts as a [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster hammy drug trafficker]]. The Buchón is more likely to get himself killed for pissing off the real narcs.
* Spain has one variant or two.
** The main one is the "cani".[[note]]The female form would be "choni", also called "jessi" or "jenni" [[/note]] The canis usually sport mohawk-esque haircuts when male and tacky buns when female, and in any case wear big amounts of golden jewelry complete with gaudy-colored tracksuits and caps. They listen to reggaeton and underground flamenco, and love especially soccer, motorcycling, and ocasionally bodybuilding. On the streets, their trademarks are their distintively loud language, heavy drinking, uncultivated mentality and penchant for troublemaking, although they don't have an actual love for fighting and typically back away from brawls if they are not in a overt numerical advantage. The word "cani" apears to come from "canijo", a Spanish word for "skinny" which was formerly used a friendly insult among them.
** There is also a branch called "bakala", which focuses in car tuning and electronic music, specially mákina and bakalao, which is the reason behind her name. They tend to be more peaceful and articulated, if similarly despise mental complexity, and prefer partying nonstop than anything else. They are more prone to mix alcohol with other drugs, and thoroughly love adrenaline. While the cani type is roughly scattered across the entire Spain, the bakala is more concentrated on the northern lands, and it's increasingly rare to find them in other areas. Interestingly, the pure bakala are mostly male, while the female members are often mixed with their cani homologues.
* France has both the "beaufs", often lower to middle-class, have "American" given names (Kévin, Brandon, Jessica, Kilian, Jennifer, Jordan etc), and loves cars, sports, crappy pop music, and bad reality shows. There are also the "racailles" or "wesh-wesh", the black and Arab versions of this trope; often delinquents who live in public housing, wear mostly tracksuits and caps, and only listen to rap music.
* Germany has the Asis (from Asoziale = asocial ones). They live in large cities like Berlin or Mannheim, are unemployed, love cellphones, brand-clothes, Fastfood, attack dogs, marihuana, private television, and of course Hip-hop. Their hobbies include shoplifting, graffities, protection rackets, happy slapping, and bullying. They speak heavily mangled German with loads and loads of [[GratuitousEnglish English words]] (like "Ey tight, isch geh Aldi, dann Bitches abchecken, du Opfer"). They call everybody "Du" (considered disrespectful when used on strangers or one's elders instead of "Sie") and curse a lot with sexual or homosexual words (whilst the "proper" German only curses "shit" or "god"). They give their children American names like Kevin or Britnay or creative names like Kendra-Tiara-Zoe. The phenomenon of creative names in Asis has even its own name,''Kevinismus''.
* Argentina has "villeros" or "wachiturros" ("villagers" is the closest to an actual translation in English, and it's used as a derogatory term, wachiturro doesn't have a translation), they're all over Buenos Aires, and a couple of provinces. Most listen to Cumbia Villera music glorifying drug abuse and unsafe sex (or complaining that they want work or better job conditions). Their usual clothes consist of sport clothes, and imitations of these. The haircut for men is shaved on the sides and behind, and usually dyed blond on the top. The girls are similar, but they wear it longer. They usually live in either villas (similar to ghettos) and their usual jobs, if they have one, is selling bootleg products from little stands. If they don't, most are delinquents or prostitutes.
* Venezuela round all the lout under the umbrella terms of "marginal" (a semi-insulting term derived of the euphemism of "zona marginal" to refer to the ''barrios''/shanty towns) and "Malandro" ("thug" is the closest translation) for the more criminally inclined. Generally stereotyped as living insanely cramped, fond of beer and cheap alcohol, listening to whoever is the lowest denominator of music at the time (currently vallenato, reggaeton, and bachata) at a deafening volume, either a devout of Santeria or an "evangélico" (think "Reborn Christian") from some charismatic-cult church, and if they are not thugs or jobless they are ''buhoneros'' (street sellers, often of the bed-sheet-on-the-floor variety) or mototaxists. The women wear too tight clothes, have a disturbing trend of getting pregnant at very young ages in the belief that TheBabyTrap is a workable strategy ([[WrongGenreSavvy despite themselves and their mothers being proof that it does not work that way]]) and ending having many kids by several (absent) fathers, being proud of having criminal boyfriends as long as they give them money, and somehow manage to get their hair dyed (or at least bleached) and their nails done. The subcultures associated have changed: in the nineties, the to-go stereotype was a "joldan" who wore basketball attire, had their head shaved or with very short haircuts, owned (or aspired to) a pair of Air Jordan shoes, and spent their free time in their local basketball court and listening underground rap and technomerengue. In the noughties and new tens, the stereotype is the "tuki", whose distinctive appearance and jargon has been [[http://memegenerator.net/El-Tuki imortalized by a meme]], listen to reggaeton and an ElectronicMusic derivative nicknamed "changa tuki", and all are bikers who DriveLikeCrazy even for Venezuelan standards. The stereotype is summarily described by the phrase "tener el rancho en la cabeza" (having the shack inside the head), meaning that even when/if they get out of their marginal environment, their bad habits remain with them.

Younger examples are almost always TheBully. Because of the class-based origins of the stereotype, expect the moral of any story they appear in to lean towards EatTheRich or KillThePoor. Contrast the UpperClassTwit and AristocratsAreEvil (for when the rich are vilified) and WorkingClassHero. See also: FootballHooligans, {{Delinquents}}, LoserProtagonist.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''Warhammer40000TheMisfits has Sandy Shepherd (know to his friends as "Brother Nasty") a rather amusing example of what happens when one of these gets turned into a genetically enhanced SuperSoldier warrior monk. His Brother Sergeant one one occasion remarks:
-->"I keep half expecting Nasty to come back dragging a sack of loot with him sometimes."


[[folder: Film ]]

* In Peter Jackson's Adaptation of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', all the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Orcs]] have cockney accents.
* The villains in ''HarryBrown'' are textbook chavs (although [[MoreDakka better armed than usual]]), played as monsters to make them {{Acceptable Target}}s for the VigilanteMan protagonist.
* The 2007 reboot of ''StTrinians'' featured chavs as one of the school's cliques.
* Most of characters in ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' are youths in a South London street gang. In the first scene they mug a woman, but get more sympathetic characterization later, when they're saving the world from aliens.
* The cast of ''Kidulthood'' and its sequel ''Adulthood'' (Katy from the first film seems to have been more middle-class, but still behaved this way.)
* British horror film ''F'' is based around such characters going on a murder and torture spree at a school after being given failing grades by their teacher.
* The title character from ''Film/DonJon'' is one of these, a Jersey guido who's addicted to porn.
* Way too many Venezuelan movies have at least one ''malandro'' character. At one point, it was so common to do movies about thugs that the Venezuelan film industry developed the stereotype of "only having ''peliculas de Malandros''" almost to the point of backlash.
* Creator/RebelWilson seems to have made a career out of playing these kinds of characters in films such as ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' and ''Film/PitchPerfect''.
* Ditto for Creator/MelissaMcCarthy, who was also in ''Bridesmaids'' (in her StarMakingRole, in fact), and who went on to play some particularly noxious examples in ''Film/IdentityThief'', ''Film/TheHeat'', and ''Film/{{Tammy}}''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''CherubSeries'' features quite a few teenagers that display chavlike characteristics.
* By ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Dudley Dursley has basically turned into one of these. Ironically, his parents have been, throughout the whole series, a terrible example (more like a parody) of the rich end of middle-class.
* The ''Diary of a Chav'' series.
* Shad Ledue in ''ItCantHappenHere''. Even after rising up through the ranks of the Minute Men, his tastes and temperment remain coarse.
* The Ewells from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''. Filthy in both hygiene and morals, they live in an extension of the town dump, put only the barest amount of effort in, and treat everybody like garbage.
* Jerry Cruncher in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''. He's a working-class moron whose abusive relationship with his wife is played for laughs. A RunningGag is his "spiky" hair, which suggests a disheveled appearance. Throughout the story, he's contrasted with the erudite main characters.
* Some appear in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', including Juliet's brothers and Andy's posse. Can't have a book about football without the hooligans, can you?
* Townies tend to show up in many of Creator/StephenKing's novels, usually as lowlifes who are among the first to get killed off by the villain. Billy Nolan in ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' and James "Junior" Rennie in ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' are just two examples. Butch Bowers in ''Literature/{{IT}}'' is a particularly vile example, as he's a violent, racist, and abusive psychopath whose son, Henry, was pretty much doomed to follow in his footsteps from birth.
* His day-job being doctor at a hospital in a very poor part of London, Theodore Dalrymple's writing is chock full of accounts of the people he treated, many of them for injuries incurred through their own bad decisions.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* The character of Vicky Pollard in ''LittleBritain'' plays the chav stereotype for laughs.
** As does Lauren Cooper from ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' ([[{{Catchphrase}} "Am I bovered?"]]).
** Sketch show ''Tittybangbang'' had similar characters in the "Duck and Chips Family" and the pub darts team sketches.
** Jocelyn Jee Esien's "Sharonisha" character from her TV series.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' Cassandra invokes the "snob calling someone a chav" version towards Rose [[spoiler: while engaging in GrandTheftMe [[ShowingOffTheNewBody against her]]]]. This does invoke some FridgeLogic, since she was supposed to be of Texan/Alaskan decent, not British.
-->'''Cassandra [[spoiler: In Rose's body]]:''' Oh no! [[spoiler: I'm a]] chav!
** This line got a laugh from an audience of overseas buyers who [[InherentlyFunnyWords almost certainly didn't know the word "chav"]].
* Kelly from ''{{Misfits}}'' is one of the most realistic examples of a chav, portrayed sympathetically anyway.
* The reality series ''SceneStealers'' had an episode where two {{goth}}s had to impersonate chavs and they learned all the stereotypes associated with chav behaviour.
* An episode of ''{{Bones}}'' explored the "Guido" culture, and Brennan herself said she followed [[JerseyShore the tv "documentary" on them]].
* That "documentary" would be {{reality show}} ''Series/{{Jersey Shore}}'', and the cast seem to be fairly relaxed about being regarded as such.
* The entire premise of ''{{Shameless}}''
* The Timmins family on ''{{Neighbours}}'' embodied the "bogan" stereotype.
* As do KathAndKim.
* Onslow, Hyacinth's brother-in-law on ''KeepingUpAppearances''. Obviously, Hyacinth is [[SarcasmMode thrilled]]. However, while shabby and slovenly, Onslow is friendly and benign--and [[HiddenDepths actually]] [[BrilliantButLazy really smart]]--and deliberately makes a favourable contrast with the snobbish Hyacinth.
* The Gang in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', despite the fact that both Dennis and Dee went to the [[IvyLeague University of Pennsylvania]] (Dee didn't graduate, though).
* Most (though not all) of the characters on ''MyNameIsEarl'' fit this to some degree or another. Earl's ex-wife Joy particularly stands out.
* Big Bud Roberts in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is to some extent a retirement aged example of this trope.
* In the original version of ''Series/{{Survivors}}'', pretty much [[UnfortunateImplications any character]] who was lower class before the Death struck the world continues to display this attitude.
* Venezuelan [[SoapOpera Telenovela]] ''Por Estas Calles'', given its social theme, has a pretty accurate portrait of ''barrio'' life in the early nineties, up to having ''malandros'' as important characters. The most popular (and memetic) character was Eudomar Santos, a not-quite thug but not very ethic either character who was very representative of the "shanty-in-the-head" mentality.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The Welsh group ''Music/GoldieLookinChain'' use chav personas as their gimmick.
* This was also the image of the boyband BlazinSquad who in reality only lasted a few singles, but nevertheless made quite an impact.
* The Area 7 song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA8gJoT5yl4 Nobody Likes a Bogan]]" is based around the Australian "bogan" stereotype.
* Rapper TheStreets , aka Mike Skinner is widely considered a chav rapper as his lyrics, rapped in mockney, are about the day to day life of a lower class person. He doesn't preach violence however and wasn't really that bad off.
* Lady Sovereign is an English rapper with a 'chav' image.
* Plan B got accused of this so much that he wrote a song called "Ill Manors" attacking the stereotypes (inadvertently confirming them).
* The entire Grime genre is based around lower class accents.
* The club song "Get Up (Rattle)"'s music video features a group of chavs being stalked and killed by a group of ducks.
* [[Music/DireStraits "Money for Nothing"]] was about an ignorant, uneducated jackass who Mark Knopfler overheard in a department store, and the lion's share of the lyrics are direct quotes from him.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The {{Meme}} character "Scumbag Steve," and his DistaffCounterpart "Scumbag Stacy."


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* RealLife British celebrities are often accused of being chavs in tabloids. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let's leave it at that.]]


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* There's a game called "[[http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=68932 Chav: The Knifing]]".


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The Kankers from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. Three half-sisters raised by a single mother, living in a trailer park, getting the kicks out of tormenting everybody else and sexually harassing the protagonists, with very little redeeming qualities.
* Quite a few residents in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', especially in the earlier episodes when the town was much smaller and more conservative. Most notably, Kenny's family.